European Golf Tournament 2013 – Thracian Cliffs, Black sea

Bulgaria: Bulgaria Keen to Cash in on Golf Event, Targets USD 100 MThe European Tour will stage a tournament in Bulgaria for the first time after deciding to rotate the World Match Play Championship between locations across the continent.

After three years at the Finca Cortesin resort in southern Spain, the tournament will be played at the Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs Course in Bulgaria beside the Black Sea from May 16-19 next year as part of plans to bring “the championship to geographical areas of interest” for its sponsor, Volvo.

“This is a real coup for Bulgaria being chosen to host such a prestigious international tournament with a rich heritage and sporting traditions,” Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in a statement on Monday. “The recent growth of golf in our country will have the opportunity to be showcased around the world.”

“Volvo is setting a wonderful example to other international companies, as this shows they view Eastern Europe and Bulgaria as an area of interest for their future business development.”

Bulgaria has no players in the top 1,000 of the world golf rankings.

 

Glorious greens: The Bulgarian resort, designed by Gary Player, is considered the 'Pebble Beach of Europe'

The Thracian Cliffs, has been hailed as Bulgaria’s version of the famous American coastal course Pebble Beach.

“You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet,” said its designer, South Africa golf legend Gary Player, who won the World Match Play title five times between 1965-1973.”

Nicolas Colsaerts, who helped Europe to win the Ryder Cup against the U.S. in a thrilling finale last month, will defend his World Match Play title at Thracian Hills from May 16-19.

“I’ve never been to Bulgaria but I’ve heard great things about the country and Thracian Cliffs,” the Belgian said.

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